Sobs filled the roofless church of a poor village in southern Egypt Monday as funeral prayers were said by the families of 13 Coptic Christians beheaded in Libya by jihadists.
The United Arab Emirates expressed backing Monday for a strong Egyptian response to video released by the Islamic State group in Libya purporting to show its beheading of 21 Coptic Christians.
In wake of mass beheading of 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of the Islamic State, Egyptian warplanes reacted quickly, bombing ISIS targets in Libya, its military said on Monday.
Sunni Islam`s top body, Al-Azhar, on Sunday condemned the "barbaric" beheading of several Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya shown by the Islamic State group in a video posted online.
Flaunting its latest atrocious act, the Islamic State has released a new video showing the beheading of tens of Egyptian Christians in Libya, who were abducted by the extremists last year.
Islamist militants have abducted 20 Egyptian Christians in Libya in recent days, a source close to the government said on Saturday.
Egyptian security officials say a clash between Christians and Muslims that saw homes and a church burned in a southern city have left 15 people wounded.
Clashes broke out on Sunday outside the Egyptian capital`s Coptic cathedral after funeral prayers were held for four Christians killed in sectarian clashes, witnesses said.
The Cairo Criminal Court handed down the death penalty to the seven Egyptian Christians, including the film`s maker.
Coptic Christianity in Egypt dates back to the first century and the language used in its liturgy can be traced to the speech of Egypt`s pharaohs.
Egyptian activist Alaa Abd-el-Fatth,
who has been accused of inciting violence during an October 9 demonstration by Coptic Christians here, has been jailed for 15 days.
Egyptian police arrested 42 people for allegedly indulging in arson and sectarian violence as communal clashes continued in the Nagaa Hammadi town.
Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday condemned the murder of six Coptic Christians in a January 6 attack in Egypt, and denounced violence against Christians.
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